Why ill-discipline could 'shorten' Latrell's career

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Latrell Mitchell's State of Origin coach Brad Fittler has warned the Souths superstar that he could "end up shortening his career" if he is unable to stay out of trouble on the field.

Mitchell has been in the headlines this week after being slapped with a six-match suspension for a monster hit on ex-teammate Joey Manu that left Manu requiring surgery.

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The six-match suspension for the Manu hit follows a separate four-match ban he served earlier in the year for a pair of incidents in South Sydney's Round 6 clash against the Wests Tigers.

While cautioning Mitchell, Fittler stressed that the 24-year-old should not tone down his aggression too much.

"It's the aggression that sometimes makes him so brilliant," Fittler told 2GB's Wide World of Sports Radio.

Roosters centre Joey Manu fires up at Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell after the brutal hit. (NRL Imagery)

"I coached him in State of Origin on the biggest stage, and without Latrell being there we're not the team that we were.

"He was brilliant, whether it was bringing it out of trouble or scoring tries, he kicked a goal from the sideline. He was outstanding and played aggressively.

"He got a tackle wrong, really wrong, and a bloke is out and paying the penalty, he's just come out of an operation and his cheekbone is going to be okay.

"At the end of the day, that's up to Latrell if he wants to do anything about it.

"The fact is, he's got plenty of judiciary problems at the moment, so the one thing he doesn't want to do is keep having to answer to the judiciary because it'll cost his team and that'll end up shortening his career."

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